The Elmdale Oyster House & Tavern

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CAN$30 and under
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Seafood

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Welcome to the Elmdale Oyster House!

The freshest Whalesbone oysters & sustainable seafood focused menu. We provide fabulous family style diner options with our main drive being Oysters. Open daily at 5pm and Friday through Sunday at 11:30am. We can accommodate groups from a single person right up to 100 plus!

On Tuesday's we have a Fried Chicken special.
On Wednesday's we have a Lobster special.
On Thursday's we do buck a shuck.
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OT
Ottawa
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

The moment I stepped in, I was not greeted. By the time anyone came at the door to let me in, she clearly had an attitude saying “this is the end of my shift and you don’t look important so... how can I help
You?”. My reservation was for 8pm. I got seated at the bar because 12 minutes early didn’t cut it for a spot reserved. By the time my husband parked in the city streets and found me at the bar, about 6 minutes, nobody made the effort to ask me if I wanted a drink. My husband, a bleach blond dude with an expensive watch, seemed to spark the interest of staff. I finally got asked if I waited any drinks and even guided on the several options on the menu as well as day specials.

Long story short, perhaps cultural and gender bias education would be helpful for your staff. Would NOT recommend. I shouldn’t worry about looking important to get the service I paid for.

We left having spent over $100, will NOT return.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us went for buck-a-shuck Thursday and we had a blast ! First, the oysters were fresh with great sauces and condiments. We had plenty and ordered many times- service was fast and friendly. The beef tartare, spicy chicken wings and clam chowder were also delicious. Live music was a nice touch. We will be back soon.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience3

My experience last week was way better than tonight! I ordered oysters and an appetizer that was on special when we arrived around 6:30. The server brought the oysters then asked if we were ready for the rest of the food once wer finished them. I debated getting a lobster roll in addition to the tuna toast as the tuna toast is part of an app special where it's only $11 instead of $18 - she informed me that because it was at 7pm it was now full price. I reminded her I ordered it when I came in - she charged me the full $18... My friend and I debated getting dessert then remembered that when the hostess seated me for my 6:30 reservation made days in advance, that the table was reserved for 8:30... so we went elsewhere for dessert. I wasn't arguing with a waitress over $7, but there are many places in the area with equally, if not better, food and better service (ie. Supply and Demand) that I'll choose before the Elmsdale after tonight. I've never had bad service at either Whalesbone locations, so this was

s
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

The service was terrible. Our waitress was very rude. Were asked to leave our table exactly 2 hrs after arriving and after waiting for service, had to ask for a second drink. Very disappoin

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Chef was attentive to our allergies and made adjustments. It was very cold and noisy. Service was fast and everyone was nice.

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

If you're a seafood/oyster lover this is definitely a no-brainer. If you're looking for fine dining ambience then maybe not but if you want a fun, upbeat atmosphere, good selection of taps, great food and service then look no further!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great neighborhood spot in Hintonburg.
Still has that old tavern vib but with a facelift it offers a refreshing and comfortable atmosphere. Seats along the bar are best.
Great specials for dinner throughout the week.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak and as fantastic! Oysters were fantastic! Overall Elmdale kills it every Thursday. Coming here is a no brainer.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Biweekly outing!! Never a disappointment!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience2

Understaffed and servers may decide to simply ignore you.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always always a good time! Best oysters we’ve ever had! A biweekly date night for us!!

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time and great food

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was of a good quality. Simple interior.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a pile of oysters and pints and sat at the bar. Everything was excellent. Will be coming here again soon. Definitely try truffle fries!
Yummo!!

SR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The oysters were very good, the only thing is that the Worcestershire sauce bottle was brought to our table empty and some of the other sauces were half empty, or the sauce jar was a bit dirty. I still enjoyed the oysters very much though. The music was very loud when we got there but luckily the singer took his break so we were able to have a conversation at our table.
We'll definitely go back for the oysters, but maybe on a less busy night.

HS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Elmdale is absolutely one of the best spots in town. While the food, drinks and atmosphere are always amazing, it's really the staff that takes it to the next level.

NS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a great night food was great. The only thing I would recommend is gluten free meals, just a couple

GD
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and vibe. The oysters were fabulous along with the rest of the food we ordered!!

JG
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It’s always good with great special! Can’t wait to go back and try something different...

KP
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Very loud, difficult to have a conversation. Waitstaff was very busy. Didn’t bring bread at any point and half our sauces for the oysters were missing. Food was very good as always!

JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Elmdale is a great place to go for an excellent meal. We've done the Friday night steak-frites special a few times - delicious, tender, juicy steak and perfectly cooked fries. Most recently we went for the buck-a-shuck Oyster night (Thursday night) - the oysters were super fresh and yummy. My only complaint is that some of the condiments for the oysters (and there are many) seemed less than fresh.
The service is always friendly and efficient and the atmosphere is convivial and lively.
The Elmdale is deservedly one of the neighbourhood's most popular dining spots - excellent food, service, atmosphere and value.

CH
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Buck a shuck oysters and awesome live musician!

NM
Inverness
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a fun venue! The music was really good, service friendly and professional and the food outstanding.

TB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my fav spots. Simple food done really well. Atmosphere is hipster and good music on the weekend

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a little surprise for my friends birthday here last night. It was so lovely 💜 the food was great but the service was exemplary! See you again soon.

LG
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was great, way too warm in the restaurant, no air circulation.

O
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

My wife and a friend of ours went after work. The restaurant has a great vibe - old and young - families..great energy. Chowder was a little salty...fries amazing....chicken sandwich good. Everyone gave to food a solid good. Will go back again for sure.

KL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Sunday prime rib special is a super deal. The mash potatoes were a bit dry but everything else was superb.

MF
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love this place. Always exceptional service and food. Great bang for your buck as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Delicious food great service, cant wait to go back

P
Montreal
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent. Oysters were delicious and the clam chowder was hearty.

JG
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always a cool place to go ! Nice atmosphere good people working there

CD
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great experience at the Elmdale! Food, ambience and staff were terrific as always.

AK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Worth going on Buck a Shuck day. The music was very loud and it was difficult to talk but overall great atmosphere.

BV
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Good restaurant! The food was amazing! Well done :-)

OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it! Service was amazing as usual and food was delicious and well plated!
Great night out at the tavern!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Ordered $20 pasta dish for dinner.. Served lunch sized portion. It's pasta.. No need to be cheap and stingy.

Great service and ambiance

n
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

oysters and salad were average, truffle fries were awful. Not impressed with the place at all.

M
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great buck a shuck night. Live music was great too. On a hot summer’s day, it gets hot in here so dress appropriately. Good selection of local beer on tap. Wish they had more creative cocktails.

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